The Momentum movement on the left wing of the Labour Party is staging a series of protests this weekend targeting landlords and agents.
Tomorrow some of its supporters will hold a series of socially distanced protests targeting what they call “the big landlords” in each area, demanding they commit to not evicting tenants during the pandemic.
The landlords and agents are in Southend, Tower Hamlets, Ealing, Loughborough and Charnwood, Lewisham, Catford and Bromley, Southwark and Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth, and Bradford and Shipley.
This is part of Momentum’s Eviction Resistance campaign, supporting principles put forward by Jennifer Forbes, a member of the national coordinating group of Momentum - the Labour grassroots movement closely identified with the former party leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.
Forbes has written an article for left-wing newspaper Tribune calling for the creation of “an army of organisers” to oppose evictions. She says the eviction issue can be used to “win people over through solidarity and collective action, and start to rebuild a mass working class base for the British socialist left.”
On a national level Momentum’s campaign is demanding no evictions during the pandemic, the cancellation if all pandemic-related rent debt, and scrapping section 21 evictions which it calls ‘no fault' evictions
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